Waterstream, Compass Distributor makes a dent at the UK Pool & Spa Awards
Waterstream Makes a dent at the 2015 UK Pool and Spa Awards held at the NEC in Birmingham winning a Collection of awards. If you would like any further information or a quote on a Pool or Hot Tub please don’t hesitate to drop us an email.
Hot Tub Project of the Year
This Stunning hot tub is situated on Whitehall in a £50 Million Apartment. It has views of The London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and Nelsons Column Right from the Hot Tub. The hot tub installed was a Villeroy & Boch Spa with a Custom Cabinet.
Outstanding Pool Design
The Yacht Pool by Compass is undeniably unique. Designed around the Bow of a Yacht with Integrated Hot Tub and Teak Deck.
Energy Efficiency Project of the Year
An outdoor pool engineered for peak efficiency incorporates a host of energy saving devices including: Solar Thermal Cover, Variable Speed Pumps, Insulated Shell, Led Lights, Heat Pump. For super low running costs year round.
Pool & Spa Showroom of the Year
As one of only a Handful of Swimming Pool companies to have invested over £500K in a dedicated showroom for our dealers and installers to use for clients. With full size heated swimming pool available to try all year round.
Residential Pool of the Year
For this stunning project we worked with a top london Designer to Achieve what is arguably a simple yet effective design, Utilising the Highest Quality Materials and Plants. Pool is an XL Trainer 11m in Smokey Quartz with Beachline.
At Compass Pools we get hundreds of calls a year with new homeowners who have moved into a house with an old pool. In this article we will explore the options of renovate vs re build and the pros and cons of both.
We liken the refurbishment of a pool to the renovation of an old car. But one that you can’t access the underside of the car. You can re do the paint, you can fix up the seats, you might even be able to put a few extra options on. But you can’t see the structure (chassis) and the pipework (running gear) as in a pools case this is underground.
Many pool companies will guarantee their work, but what use is a new paint job if the bodywork is rusted out or likely to deteriorate. The most important points on pool are the shell itself. Is it structurally sound and was it installed to a good standard. Not something that can be easily ascertained from the outside. Infact most pool renovation contract will exclude any unknowns such as the shell itself and given that this is the most important part of any pools seams crazy.
While it is true that a rubber or pvc liner can be put into a pool to hold water its not so pretty if a huge crack is showing through from underneath.
During a pool renovation job many unexpected things can crop up and whilst the estimate you were provided includes a certain amount of work, the price can quickly increase to above that of knocking the whole thing in and starting again.
At compass we do not do renovations, and whilst our view is biased in this respect, I hope we have explained some of the pitfalls of renovating a pool. If you would like us to put a brand new pool in, (We can even knock the old one down and put a brand new on in its place) we would love to speak to you.
Visitors to the Compass Pools Stand can benefit this year from a 10% discount code.
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Transform your pool at night with Compass Pools’ perimeter lighting system. Not only will your pool look fantastic both with and without the cover on, but our lighting system doubles up as a safety feature to identify your pool in the dark.
The system neatly fits under the coping stone so only the emitted light is visible and not the source. Completely waterproof with a safe 12v operating range.
Note: These lights have to be fitted with the compass pools coping stones.
Air handling systems are an essential addition to rooms with an indoor pool. These work by removing potentially damaging moisture from the building structure, keeping the pool room pleasant and comfortable to swim in.
There are two types, one recycles the air in the pool room. Cooling it down to condense the air removing the moisture then heating it back up again. This is done using an electric compressor and refrigerant gases. These are often called heat pumps, but should not be confused with the energy efficiency air source or ground source variety, as cooling the air and heating it up again using electricity is the most expensive way, in fact with current energy prices its 5x more expensive than gas.
The second type (EcoFresh) uses the naturally dry air we have in the UK and a heat exchanger to recover the heat from the stale moist air going out that would normally be recycled, with the dry clean air coming in. This saves on the need from a power hungry electric compressor. The heat exchanger is 75% efficient leaving only a 25% shortfall in air to heat using gas. This equates to far less than the energy required to run the compressor and a much more pleasant fresh air environment.
Both systems use fans to move the air, cheaper system will use a stepped speed fan while the EcoFresh uses a full variable speed fan adjusting the speed down to the nearest RPM needed to keep the pool with fresh dry air. This is coupled to an advanced touchscreen brain that monitors the moisture level and adjust the fans to keep their maximum efficiency.
When the EcoFresh is coupled with a Compass automatic pool cover, the system reduces the temperature in the pool room automatically to save energy.
In addition to the air handing unit the EcoFresh can be coupled with low friction EcoDuct so the unit does not need any more fan speed than required. This can also be lined with MicroBan™ insulation so the air is kept clean and warm whilst in the ductwork.
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Questions to ask your air handling supplier.
- Can the fan speed be controlled to the exact RPM or is it stepped?
- Does the unit have a heat exchanger to extract energy from the exhausted air?
- Does the unit have a logging function and touchscreen to track history so setting can be fine tuned to the building?
Choosing a pool may seem straight forward at first but there are many options to explore such as shape, size, colour, materials and where your pool will be installed. People may think the distinction between inside and outside pool is a no-brainer based on budget: building a room and ventilation system for an indoor pool will cost double the amount it would for a simple outdoor pool. This isn’t strictly true, and also, if you are more likely to use an indoor pool, you do get more value from it. Below we explore the arguments for investing in both options.
In order to build an indoor pool, you first need to construct a pool room, which is essentially an extension to your house. You then need to install the pool, heating system, and an environmental control system to keep moisture out of the air. If you use the cheapest options, such as wall-mounted dehumidifiers, built-in insulation instead of heating, and a DIY kit, you could probably get your pool cost down to £60,000, including the pool building. Building an outdoor pool costs upwards of £29,000 and it depends on the swimming pool design and extras you opt for. Going for the cheapest option of a simple pool shell will mean you can’t use it in England between October and March, so you have paid for something you won’t often use. Having a heated outdoor pool will mean you can use it when the weather is mild but an indoor pool will provide a comfortable swimming experience even if there’s a blizzard outside.
Indoor pools are more practical than outdoor as you can use them no matter what the weather or season. They also require less cleaning because they aren’t affected by the elements or debris: a swimming pool filter will get rid of bacteria and dirt, but you’ll still have to pick leaves out of the water if you forget to put the cover on each night. The surface area needed to construct an indoor pool is greater because you have to take into account space for the heating system, a plant room for the environmental system and also a changing room. In a way outdoor pool are more social because you have the whole surrounding garden space where you can entertain. More people can be invited round to share the pool and compatible activities can go alongside it such as sun bathing and barbecues.
It is fairly obvious which type of pool will take longer to install as it requires so much more equipment and a shelter. An indoor pool complete with new building will take up to four months to complete. Although people with existing rooms think installing a pool will take a lot longer, they can actually be just as complicated. Compass pools are manufactured and installed as a single component, so if you have an existing room, you will need to demolish one whole exterior wall in order for the pool to be built in. Outdoor pools take up to a month to install depending on the size, the options you chose to heat it, and the state of the ground in which you are submerging it. If you are installing a pool in summer and can’t wait to use it, an outdoor pool is your quickest option.
You may not think it, but both indoor and outdoor pools require similar amounts of maintenance. You will need to perform maintenance health checks on the components of your indoor pool every few months to ensure they are working efficiently. You will also need to test the water pH and top up chlorine if it has become low. There is also the cleaning of the pool room and changing room area to consider. For an outdoor pool, it needs cleaning once a week with a leaf rake and a vacuum to ensure it is dirt and bacteria free. The filter will need checking to make sure it isn’t blocked. You will also need to test water chemical balances and top these up if necessary. Generally, both types of pool are quite high maintenance, but the outdoor pool requires more manual maintenance tasks, whereas the environmental control unit of an indoor pool does a lot of the work for you.
So there are pros and cons to building both types of pool. Indoor pools are more expensive but a lot more practical. Outdoor pools are cheaper, simpler, but they have limited usage and require a lot of cleaning. A middle ground option which combats a lot of these problems could be a heated outdoor pool or an outdoor pool with a glass roof, which provides shelter and will reduce the need for regular debris cleaning. If you still have questions regarding pool design and installation we would be happy to help so don’t hesitate to contact us. Whatever pool design you choose, make sure you chose Compass Pools for the highest quality ceramic composite swimming pools.